Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

Tools of the trade

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Lathe Chisels

I received some great lathe chisels for Christmas. I’ve practically worn my first set to the nub (an incredible set of hand-me-downs by the way, thanks Mr. Burke), the new guys are great replacements.

I’ve only used them for a short time, but I’m already in love.

The Christmas Eve Lamp

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Christmas Eve Lamp

A turned birch lamp I gave to my aunt Eve for Christmas. So I call it the Christmas Eve Lamp, aren’t I clever. I’m really happy with how the grain came out.

The birch came from the Pennsylvania Poconos.

Dimensions: 21″ H 6″ Diam
Finish: Tung oil and wax

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Jar Lamps

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Jar Lamp

My family has a tradition of making our gifts for the holidays (see previous here and here). This can cause a lot of extra stress on the ol’ peace on earth thing. Basically, if you haven’t started making by Thanksgiving, you’re going to be in the weeds all December. I decided to keep it kind of simple for at least some of the gifts this year. I call them Jar Lamps, mainly because they are made with jars (see how cleaver I am). I like the idea that a majority of the piece is made from an off-the-shelf item.

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In the spirit of Lindsey Adelman’s You Make It series, here is the parts list:

Jar - Michaels, can’t find it on the site though
Porcelain Keyless Socket - Grand Brass
Braided Fabric Cord - Grand Brass
Cord Dimmer - Grand Brass
Threaded Nipple - Grand Brass
Turned Base - made it myself

It’s a pretty straight forward build — wired up wooden base, jar shade, and a cool Edison bulb.

Ok, so not as detailed as Ms. Adelman’s, but you get the idea.

Happy Holidays

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

We had a little hand-made holiday card exchange at the office. This is what I made, a simple Santa head with an open-able beard.

Christmas Card - closed

The inside reads, “So that’s why Santa has a beard.”

Christmas Card - opened